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Yaz, Yasmin ads must be updated to add risks of thromboembolism


The Food and Drug Administration is requiring Bayer, the maker of Yaz/Yasmin birth control pills, to change its ads and promotional materials to add information about the risk of thromboembolism.  Bayer recently changed the drugs’s warning labels to include information about the risk of thromboembolism in women using Yasmin compared to contraceptives using other progestins.

In 2008, the FDA required Bayer to revise ads claiming that Yaz/Yasmin were effective for treating acne and certain menstrual disorders for which the drugs were not approved.

According to the Los Angeles Times, as of mid-February, 1100 lawsuits had been filed against Bayer accusing the drugs of causing a variety of health problems, including deep vein thrombosis (blood clots in the deep veins), strokes, heart attacks and gallbladder disease.

The drugs were already on Public Citizen’s list of drugs people shouldn’t use.


About Michael J. Evans

Michael J. Evans is a personal injury lawyer who represents people with claims involving defective medicine or medical devices, other defective products that cause serious injury or death, and environmental cases. Evans also handles whistleblower lawsuits in which employees, or former employees, expose fraud or other illegal conduct by the corporation for which they work(ed), Evans organizes litigation groups of plaintiffs law firms to work with him on these cases nationwide. Evans uses social media, blogs, online video, mobile apps and traditional media to connect with clients, and help other prominent law firms connect with clients.. Evans is also an advocate for the rights of consumers. His primary areas of legal practice are mass torts, and advising law firms on the ethical rules and law governing legal marketing via the Internet and social media.

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